In the opening round of the NCAA men’s tennis tournament, TCU, the #6 national seed, took down Jackson State 4-0. The Big 12 regular season and tournament champions have now won 15 consecutive matches.
The Frogs opened the match by dominating doubles’ play to win the doubles point. On Court 2, Cam Norrie and Trevor Johnson of TCU started it off by defeating the Tigers’ Federico Mendeita Ruiz and Andrey Alawi 6-1.
On Court 3, Guillermo Nuñez and Gianni Mancini secured the doubles point by taking down Jackson State’s Stylianos Gkontsaris and Vishu Prasad 6-1 as well. Court 1 went unfinished, but Jerry Lopez and Reese Stalder, the #25 doubles pair in the nation, led their opponents 5-1.
In singles, head coach David Roditi decided to sit Cam Norrie, the #1 player in the nation, likely to rest him for tomorrow’s match. Even without Norrie, the match was never in doubt as TCU won the first sets on all 6 courts to open singles.
Alex Rybakov, who is ranked #20 in the nation, won 6-1, 6-0 over Joan Sanson on Court 1 to give the Frogs a 2-0 lead in the match. Reese Stalder was the next Frog to finish, defeating Federico Mendeita Ruiz 6-2, 6-1 on Court 4 and giving TCU a 3-0 lead. Guillermo Nuñez, ranked #83 in the nation, finished off the Tigers by taking down Andrey Alawi 6-1, 6-1 on Court 2 to secure the 4-0 victory.
The Frogs will now face the Florida State Seminoles tomorrow at 2pm. The ‘Noles, ranked #33 in the collegiate men’s tennis team rankings, defeated Arkansas 4-1 prior to TCU’s match to advance to the Second Round.